Linguistic Justice Resources

by P.R.I.D.E. Team

The following resources are recommended as a follow up to our conversation on Linguistic Justice with Dean Valerie Kinloch and Dr. April Baker-Bell from September 1, 2020.

Picture Books

  • Flossy and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack, pictures by Rachel Isadora
  • Stevie by John Steptoe
  • Do like Kyla by Angela Johnson and James Ransome

Scholarly Books

Books authored by Dean Valerie Kinloch

  • Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Instruction
  • Urban Literacies: Critical Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Community
  • Crossing Boundaries: Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth
  • Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth

Book authored by Dr. April Baker-Bell

  • Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy

Films and Videos

  • The Language and Life Project (Link)
  • Talking Black in America (Link)
  • Ted Talk: Three Ways to Speak English (Link)
  • Lessons from Lucy Laney: African American Vernacular English (Link)
  • U.S. Senate Hearing on Ebonics (Link)


  • Geneva Smitherman: Black Language and the Education of of Black Children: One Mo Once – The Black Scholar
  • Why Storytelling Skills Matter for African American Kids by Nicole Garner-Neblett (Link)
  • The Real Ebonics Debate: What Should Teachers Do? by Lisa Delpitt (Link)
  • Is the 30 Million Word Gap A State We Should Be Using? ALSC Blog (Link)
  • Julie Washington’s Quest to Get Schools to Respect African American English (The Atlantic – Link)
  • Pathologizing the Language and Culture of Poor Children by Curt Dudley-Marling and Krista Lucas, Language Arts Vol. 86, No. 5 May 2009

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